As some of you may know, we are downsizing. I've spent the last three days doing the excruciating work of sorting through stuff and deciding what to keep and what to pitch. Yesterday, I opened a box marked "kitchen stuff" that had not once been opened after the last three residential moves. In it, were these two Tupperware cake carriers. One is for larger cakes and one is for smaller cakes.
I have not baked a cake in decades, let alone felt the requirement to transport one. Now that I am retired, I think I might bake a cake someday soon, and I might have to bring it somewhere.
The many pros and cons of this moment have paralyzed me:
- I have managed to live without them for decades.
- Do not get rid of something just when you might need it anew. Isn't that why it was kept?
- They are bulky.
- Unlike lasagna pans, you don't find disposable cake carriers in the supermarket aisles.
- Cake is bad for me and for those to whom I might bring it.
- I love cakes. I love baking them. I love sharing them.
- The unprotected portage of a cake in my Smartcar could be disastrous for the little car and for the few articles of clothing that I have not donated.
- The little one does fit inside the big one for better storage.
- They smell a little musty but a session in the dishwasher ought to fix that.
In a world full of trivial grabs for attention, here at last is an issue that could impact all of you. I need your guidance in the making of a decision that will definitely shape the activities of the rest of my life, and maybe yours in a "trickle-down-let-them eat-cake sort of way. Without the carriers, I won't bring a cake anywhere. If I can't bring it, I probably won't make it. If I don't make it, I won't buy the ingredients, hence recession and hunger.
Dear readers, I need your help with a decision that will impact my future, the lives of all of you, my friends who might someday be on the receiving end of cake or not, and the national economy itself, in a very real way.
Should I keep them or pitch them?
Please cast your vote and feel free to add your supporting argument.
(Crossposted at Perge Modo.)